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Subject: Re: Rybka 1.0 Announcement

Author: Vasik Rajlich

Date: 07:59:16 12/05/05

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On December 05, 2005 at 07:25:49, Uri Blass wrote:

>On December 05, 2005 at 04:44:36, Vasik Rajlich wrote:
>>Well, I am shocked by the speed of the computer chess community. There are now
>>200 requests for Beta versions of Rybka in my mailbox. Many of you made
>>interesting comments and asked all sorts of questions, but at the moment I am
>>really short of time and can't give personal responses to everyone. Some of
>>these questions are answered here.
>Note that I did not ask to download Rybka because I plan to use it mainly for
>correspondence games and I thought that asking for it because of that reason is
>not nice but I downloaded it because I see that everyone can do it.
>>The first piece of good news is that Rybka Beta 1.0 will be available for free
>>download until midnight tonight (Dec 5) on Leo's website. Obviously this targets
>>the more hardcore members of the computer chess community - there are so many
>>here who give their time and share their ideas that I would be embarassed to do
>>anything else.
>I think that this also may help other to get it because I guess that there are
>readers of this forum who are going to send it to their friends so practically
>everyone who is going to hear about it may get it by email from a friend even if
>you do not give it for download after midnight.
>Thanks for letting people to download it but I doubt if it is a good idea
>because after you give it for free I doubt if many are going to buy it(unless
>the beta version cannot be used forever but I see no details that says that it
>cannot be used after some date in the readme).


your points are valid but there are a few other points to consider:

1) The 1.0 release won't have copy protection so people can spread that as
easily as the Beta.
2) If we were to copy protect the 1.0 release, it still wouldn't stop people
from spreading it, and in addition honest customers would be annoyed and
troubled and people not as expert in computer chess would be less likely to use

Basically, right now, computer chess sales are in the hands of a certain
company. I want to get a bigger chess crowd thinking differently - not just
Rybka, but also Fruit, Shredder, Zappa, .. maybe Movei :). Then we can really
have some fun. You copy protect the release and try to prevent everybody from
getting it who isn't paying for it and guess what - you'll just live in a corner
of the cave.


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